The Best Fortune
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
By Diane Fine
Plattsburgh, New York: Moonkosh Press, 2009. Edition of 20.
3 x 3; 10 pages. Miniature accordion panel book. Hand printed photo etchings with digital text on Masa and Rives Heavyweight. Housed in 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.5" cloth covered drop-spine box with a label (an abstract black-and-gold design) tipped on and inset.
One side of the accordion alternates between simple text (the fortune) and photo etching; the other side is photo etching (which might be a close-up of textured cloth?) that is repeated with slight variation and becomes a design element.
Diane Fine: "This book is a reminiscence of a visit to a Tokyo temple where I received, apparently, the best possible fortune one could receive. Many people gathered around to take a look at it and congratulated me on this rare and wonderful occurrence (much to my surprise!) The text in the book is excerpted from that fortune—the etchings are from photographs taken during that same trip to Japan."